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Published 1968

Marijuana (1968) is a short film that is hosted by Sonny Bono who does a lot of preaching and signify about how marijuana is illegal and you kids shouldn't try it.
This is interesting considering Mr. Bono looks like he smoked a few bowls before appearing in front of the camera.

Run time 34 min.
Producer Max Miller
Production Company Avanti Films
Audio/Visual sound, color
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Reviewer: TheMeek - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 13, 2012
Subject: Interesting piece of history
Interesting that Gene Clark, a founding member of the Byrds, scored the music for this film. I do think that Sonny Bono seems a bit slurred at the end of this film.

Reviewer: Kodachrome - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 9, 2011
Subject: It’s groovy not to be high!
I agree with the uploader that Bono does look a bit glazed about the eyes.

I saw this film when I was 13 years old. The first thing I remember is Sonny Bono’s shiny outfit. Hey man, are you “putting me on?” They used to beat guys up at my school for dressing like that.

The film didn’t do anything for me back then other than getting me out of a class. It did not deter me from trying “grass” and I remember being disappointed when I shared my first joint the following year. I saw no colors, I saw no strange creatures staring at me from mirrors. Maybe I was having one of those “bad trips” Sonny was talking about.

In all fairness, I have some friends that quit smoking pot because they used to see weird monsters in the mirror.

I decided to watch this film twice. Once from Mr. Bono’s perspective and a second time from point of reference of those being arrested for marijuana smoking crimes in the film. In the interest of being fair to the pot smokers who present their arguments from the back of a police car, I have decided to go underground to procure some of the herb in question, that I might be able to render an informed opinion in the debate. This required research and diligence.

In the course of my research, I discovered that the price of a bag of “grass” has gone up tremendously over 43 years. By the way, if you really want to go find some marijuana to buy on a lark, don’t call it grass. Don’t say that you want to “score a lid.” Also, if you find someone who decides to sell some to you, don’t ask him if he want’s to “blow” a joint (some weed, grass, or anything else for that matter) with you. Don’t ask girls that question either.

1968: “Why shouldn’t I smoke grass? Why shouldn’t I live now and have all the fun I can? ? If I don’t get killed in the war or by the big bomb, all I can look forward to is making money like my father, and I know he isn’t happy.”

2011: If young Americans don’t get killed in the current war, they can’t really look forward to making money anymore. Cannabis is still not legal. When weighed against the stated and implied aims of the federal DEA, the war on drugs has been an abject failure. In the US, use of marijuana soared among teens during the time this public propaganda film was shown in American classrooms.

As with the war on drugs, America’s current war on terror is on track to accomplish nothing more than to erode our civil rights. If average Joe could at least go to his local A&P and buy a bit of the benign herb to help him unwind and make the economic demise of America easier to bear. The police state really doesn’t need the marijuana bogeyman to justify their mission anymore. They have Osama Ben and Al Kai-da.

So, having watched this film twice, once in typical sobriety and the second stoned, I hereby render my opinion: The movie was definitely better the second time.

I do have one problem - the munchies. Being all hopped up on loco weed as I am, I suppose I will end up breaking in to a small store to steal boxes of cookies, cupcakes, and other munchies. That’s what stoned people do you know. I’m just trying to escape reality and I know that it’s just a cop out, but getting high is just too groovy! I just

Sonny raises the question as to whether America “will actually go to the moon and perhaps other planets...” Most pot-heads realize that the moon is not a “planet” but is instead classified as a satellite.

One good thing Sony did for the film was to avoid writing, singing or performing any song found on the film. The soundtrack is truly groovy, if not completely out of sight.

I gave this movie 5 stars because of entertainment and historic value. Plus I am too high to do otherwise. I want cookies.

Make marijuana legal.
Reviewer: skilpad - favorite - October 29, 2009
Subject: Dull and biased
Don't smoke pot, stick to cigarettes, kids! Even the rehab centre had the ex-drug abusers smoking regular cigarettes.

A really dull educational film - no shock value at all.
Reviewer: IanKoro - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 17, 2009
Subject: DivX
DivX is the codec that the avi uses. Most DivX encoded files are avis.

Anyways, this is entertaining enough.
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 14, 2009
Subject: Far Out!
This blast from propaganda past was fun. I remember many of the arguments presented, the logical fallacies and utter nonsense, all after being introduced as non-judgmental. It was a trip down memory lane for me.

I downloaded the 383MB DivX file, which is actually an AVI. Video is scratchy and dirty and missing some frames. Audio is Ok.
Reviewer: nigeldavahah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2009
Subject: HA HA , he he
THIS IS FUNNY !!!! SMOKE POT !!!! and the guy that smokes 2 much turns into Mescalito , he he & the girl in the car wreck looks like she's having an Orgasm.......It's really pro CIG 2 , huh?
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